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Report: Gamrat and Courser misused state resources, could be expelled from office

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A new report from the House Business Office has been released. The report details dozens of pages documenting alleged misconducted by Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.

"It's the appropriate move to create a committee to look into their qualifications for office," said Gideon D’Assandro, spokesman for House Speaker Kevin Cotter.

The pair have been at the center of a sex scandal, in which their affair was concealed with a phony gay sex scandal, of Courser's doing, something he has already admitted to.

D'Assandro said the process of reviewing their qualifications for office will begin immediately.

"There will be hearings, it will probably take a couple weeks. They will bring up all of the evidence that was in today's report and debate it," D’Assandro said.

The 40-page report’s findings included:

  • Gamrat and Courser misrepresentated themselves during their testimony
  • The pair committed misconduct in office, which warrants a review by the Select Committee
  • They misused state resources
  • Their former staffers were not wrongfully terminated

D'Assandro said those findings are extremely serious and the pair could potentially be expelled from office.

"We're working quickly now to end it. And get justice for the Michigan taxpayers," D’Assandro said.

Democratic House Leader Tim Greimel said the 40-page summary report isn't enough. He wants to see what House Speaker Kevin Cotter has: all of the documents pertaining to the affair and subsequent cover up.

"There was a full unedited report that was prepared at least a week ago. And the house Republican speaker's office continues to refuse to disclose that in full," Greimel said.

D'Assandro said that information includes confidential, personal details about constituents irrelevant to this case.

"There information shouldn't be put out in public just because their representatives made a mistake," D’Assandro said.

Groups like Progress Michigan are also calling for more information.  Today after the House Business Office released its findings, group repeated its call for complete transparency.

"We believe that all of the evidence used to compile the information in the report should be released to the public," said Sam Inglot, Progress Michigan.

Greimel said the House Democrats will continue to push for an unsanitized version.

"Other than blacking out sensitive info or personal data like that, they should release it in full," Greimel said.

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